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4 Ways Millennials will Revolutionize the Workplace in 2018

Millennials are the most spoken about generation , especially when it comes to work. Many employers are scrambling to find ideas on how to cater to them. Keep in mind that millennials aren’t the youngest generation anymore and they have a big impact on what happens in the workplace now.

Learning how to engage them and understanding what drives them is going to be key to the success of any company.

From my research and experience as a millennial consultant, these are the 4 trends that you’ll see in the workplace in 2018. Keep in mind there are currently many more trends, and there will even more this year.

They’ll Set New Standards of Leadership

When most people visualize the c-suite and leadership at a company, they usually think of someone in their 50s who has been with the company for a few decades and is almost impossible to get in touch with.

Does leadership need  to have this image?

Who says it can be a 20 or 30-something year old?

There’s 3 big reasons why millennials are going to be the face of leadership in 2018.

First of all, boomers are reaching retirement and it’s opening up countless opportunities to be filled by the productive, hyper-connected, and motivated employees.

Second, millennials are the largest generation in the US workforce right now, making up over 50% of all employees, and a third of them haven’t even finished college yet!

Third, they’re not kids anymore! Millennials are a wide range of people born between 1980 and 2000. So this means the majority of them are in their late 20’s to mid-30s. By now, they should definitely have gained a lot of valuable experience that will help them lead a company.

As of 2016 20 percent of leadership roles are held by millennials, and that number is only going to grow this year!

Millennials leaders of this year will bring in lots of innovation and offer insights to change the employee experience


They’ll Push Harder for Diversity & Inclusion

If you haven’t heard the news or looked around, millennials are the most diverse generation in the workplace. Unlike previous generations, they feel that diversity has always been a struggle in the workplace and they want to influence that change. Millennials view diversity as the blending of different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives within a team, which is known as cognitive diversity.

Cognitive diversity is essential for innovation and creativity in the workplace. As more millennials are being hired, companies will need to have more robust diversity and inclusion programs or they’ll see a spike in turnover and they’ll have a hard time attracting good millennial talent.


They’ll Leverage Digital Training and eLearning

Millennials are digital natives because they grew up in the age of accessible technology. A big majority of them have been using computers since kindergarten! Their world is all about being digital, fast, and online and this will be how they want to do job training. Instead of having to sit at a desk for a few hours to complete a training, they’d rather be able to complete it on their own time at their own pace. With all the advances in technology, there’s been a big push for pursuing online degrees for professional development, and taking courses on just about any topic. This is how millennials want to learn and as more come to take leadership roles, this will be the future workplace.

They’ll Pursue Flexible & Remote Working Opportunities

If most of their work is done on a computer or online, they are driven,  and they understand their job, does it really matter if they are working from home, at your headquarters, or their favorite coffee shop?

All you need is a laptop and a good wi-fi connection.

Millennials are looking for jobs that offer flexible schedules and the opportunity to work remotely a few times per week.

In many surveys millennials reported that working from a location outside the normal office was refreshing and actually boosted their productivity.  They were less distracted than when in a room full of coworkers and even reported using less sick days because they weren’t exposed to as many germs.

With all the business and productivity tools available remote work is becoming easier. In-person meetings aren’t as necessary as they used to be due to apps like Skype and Go to Meeting, allowing you to meet with people anywhere in the world!

A flexible workplace, even if it’s just 1 day a week, may be just enough to get the top millennial recruits to your company and keep them there for many years to come!

Millennials are all about the employee experience and are not going to settle for anything less. If the company they work for isn’t giving them the balance and benefits they’re looking for, they’ll be headed out to door to the next company or they might just start their own.

10 commandments of wellness practitioners

Workplace wellness is a great industry to be in and allows vendors and practitioners the opportunity to directly affect the total well-being of employees everywhere.

When employees are healthier, they are happier and when they’re happier, they’re more engaged and productive in their roles.

However, this unregulated field is full of all types of practitioners from the top-notch, industry experts to the least-experienced, unqualified providers who are just looking to get a small market share of this industry.

There was no set of guidelines to follow…until now!

Regardless of where you fall on this scale, your business depends on you to deliver results in a professional, timely, and systematic fashion.

Before you speak to your clients and prospects, familiarize yourself the 10 Commandments of Workplace Wellness Practitioners and make sure you are willing to comply to it.

1. Thou Shalt Do No Harm.

The purpose of any workplace wellness program is to support employee well-being and the morale of the company. Interventions should not cause bad health outcomes.

2. Thou Shalt Seek Input and Feedback From All Levels Of The Organization.

Forget the idea that corporate wellness programs need to be designed using a top-down approach. In order for the program/intervention to be successful, you need to also work with all employees so they can be a part of the planning process. Allowing employees to have a voice in the organization will increase engagement and ensure that the program elements are relevant to the company’s goals.

3. Thou Shalt Measure Success.

You can’t manage what you don’t measure! In order to keep track of the program results, implement some measurement tools. Consider tracking employee participation, productivity, sick days, paid-leave, turnover, employee health, and company profitability. Also, be sure to speak directly to the program participants to receive stories and testimonials.

4. Thou Shalt Not Only Focus On Physical Health.

Wellness is not only about a number on a scale or how fast you can run a 5K. The National Wellness Institute implemented the 6 Dimensions of Wellness model which encompasses all aspects of well-being including: physical, social, intellectual, emotional, and occupational. Using this multi-dimensional approach addresses the whole person and results in a greater sense of well-being.

5. Thou Shalt Commit To Being Transparent In All Contractual Language And Communications.

All pricing ( fees, rewards/incentives, payment structure) and program features ( methods, implementation, services, outcomes) need to be fully disclosed and readily available.

6. Thou Shalt Make Wellness Friendly

Studies show that people are more likely to participate and stay engaged in a program when part of a group. Leverage technology or even social media to deliver content, share successes, offer support, and create group challenges.

7. Thou Shalt Keep Employee-identifiable Data Private.

One of the biggest reasons why employees hate wellness programs is because they are skeptical of where they’re information is stored and who has access to it; this can lead to animosity towards the management. Information should be only shared with employee permission and practitioners/vendors must adhere to HIPAA regulations as well as other applicable laws regarding wellness programs. Reports can be aggregated using anonymous data, showing the scope of an organization as a whole

8. Thou Shalt Make It Fun For Everyone.

Wellness is not one-size-fits-all! Each employee has different motivations and is on a different path to optimal well-being. While the needs to be program designed for the company, still use surveys to ask employees what they would like to do. Allow them to “customize” a plan by choosing services that are aligned with their personal goals and offering a multitude of services.

9. Thou Shalt Start With What’s Right.

Wellness should not be used to scare employees with statistics and facts about the dangers of a poor lifestyle; it should be used to empower them to improve their lives. Everyone has one or more areas in their life that they are practicing wellness, you should help them to identify their strengths and coach them to improve their weaknesses.

10. Thou Shalt Build A Positive Culture And Communicate Effectively

The wellness program must be engrained in the organization’s values and mission. This includes the way employees interact with each other and managers as well as how the physical location ( desks, chairs, paintings, facilities, cafeteria) is designed. Also a wellness program is only good if people know about it. Create engaging & empowering emails, newsletters, flyers, etc.  to promote the new culture and lifestyle and make sure everyone knows about the available resources.

7 Questions To Ask Your Potential Wellness Vendor


Picking a wellness vendor is like shopping for a new car. Before you even go to the dealership you have already done a bit of research on the type of car you want. You have an idea of the features you’re looking for and have a budget with a some wiggle-room. Then you have your non-negotiables and absolute deal-closers. In the wellness world, with so many vendors all offering different programs, it can be hard to choose the perfect program, and for some some of you, it may be hard to even know exactly what you want.

Luckily, I’m here to help you save some time so that you can get right to the point and make the most beneficial investment for your company.

How do you know who to choose?

1. What Are The Qualifications Of Your Team?

This may be the most important question on the list because nowadays companies are popping up founded and operated by people with no experience or training and zero industry knowledge. Always ask for the background, certifications, education, training, or even media coverage of the entire team that you’ll be working with.

The staff isn’t limited to the people who will be coming in on site but also the consultants, coaches, technology team, and project manager. You want to make sure you’re choosing a winning team who stays up-to-date on the latest trends and research and are making contributions to the industry.

Even if the company is fairly new, you still can rely on the expertise of a rockstar team and that will take away some of the skepticism.

2. Is Your Team Passionate About Wellness?

If you are going to invest in a wellness program, you need to choose a vendor that’s made up of people who love their jobs, have a high sense of morale, and care about your employees. A team who is passionate about their work will exceed all your expectations and provide a top-notch service. Your wellness vendor should add energy and excitement to your program and keep your employees engaged.

3.How Much Flexibility & Customization Does Your Program Offer?

The one-size-fits-all approach will not work! Every company is different; they have unique needs, employees, and demographics. While the majority of vendors will claim that they can customize any program, you need to ask them specific questions to find out if they are being honest.

A wellness partner needs to create a program that will complement your company’s mission and be flexible enough to evolve as your company’s goals and needs may change.

Also, ask about the technology being offered: can the platform be customized, is it user-friendly, and are there options to integrate it with your current tools and applications? Can they implement your corporate branding?

Find out as much information as possible.

4.How Will Your Program Save Our HR Team Time?

You need a partner who will work with your team to design a program, build a wellness committee to act as change-makers for the organization, and implement the program.

  • Will all the customer service and feedback be done by the vendor?
  • Who will be doing the marketing and on-boarding?
  • Who is in charge of all communications (emails, newsletters, health awareness campaigns)
  • Who will plan the events?
  • Who is in charge of designing contests and tracking progress?

Maybe a particular vendor charges a bit more than the competition, but consider the value of this program. If the wellness program is fully-managed by the vendor, and your HR team only needs to sign some checks, they’ll have more time to focus on their job ( hiring, recruiting, benefits, payroll, etc.).

The reason why many internally run programs fail is because the HR managers just don’t have enough energy to put towards designing a robust program.

If you spend a bit more on the front-end, but save time on the back-end and have a more productive HR team to bring in the top talent, you’re winning!

5.Is Your Approach Clinical Or Lifestyle Based?

Many vendors will focus on the clinical aspect of wellness (health risk assessments, biometric screenings, and health care spending) which is great, but unless there are elements to keep employees engaged in the program, you’ll see a high drop-off rate. A solely clinical program may scare employees from wanting to participate. The vendors that catch-the-eye are the ones who offer a mix of the two and have many metrics and methods to measure and validate their outcomes.

6.How Will You Set-Up Milestones?

Ask for an outline of how the program will be set-up. Have them walk you through the steps from signing the contract through the end of the first 12 months. You want to know how long the setup phase will be and how they plan to handle on-boarding? You’ll also want to know what they would consider a success for your company and what they plan to accomplish every quarter. Knowing that your potential partner has a road map of where they’ll take your company will give you peace of mind.

7.Can You Tell Us About Your Reporting Procedure?

And finally, a wellness program needs to provide results- ROI and VOI. This is the only way you’ll know that it’s working. When interviewing your potential vendor find out how easy is it to acquire data and are there any potential barriers towards receiving it from insurance companies?

You’ll want to know where the data is being stored, who has access to it, and how often reports can be produced. Is the vendor creating the reports using all the employee data or are they contracting it to a third party (which is fine, if they disclose this upfront)? Will they provide anonymous reports when it comes to employee health data? How detailed are the reports and can you choose specifically what you’d like to track?

This is a very short list and there are dozens of other questions that can be asked prior to choosing your partner. This list should give you some insight on how to interview potential vendors and will help you make comparisons between the companies that stand-out the most. After you’ve narrowed down your options, you can ask the vendors to give you a walk-through of their program and client experience. After going through this process, you’ll be better able to make a better business case for your team to move forward!

5 Coffee Alternatives for a Midday Energy Boost

There’s a reason 150 million Americans drink coffee everyday – it improves our focus and provides a quick surge of energy.  Sometimes going through the day without coffee or a caffeinated beverage can seem impossible, usually resulting in loss of productivity. While it may be exactly what we need to feel better, overindulgence of this caffeinated beverage can have some downsides. It’s been shown to raise blood pressure, cost you extra money, suppress your appetite and when you build a tolerance, it loses its effectiveness.

So instead of having to rely on coffee, why not try some alternatives that may still give you the boost of energy you need.


Tea is similar to coffee and may be the best option when trying to break the habit. Tea has caffeine, but much less than the amount of caffeine, so you get a slight energy boost without the jitters. Also, the decreased caffeine content means reduced risk of hypertension! Tea also contains the amino acid L-theanine which when combined with caffeine stimulates the brain and increases mental focus. Finally, tea is full of antioxidants which can help fight off against many chronic diseases, including cancer! With all of these benefits and such a variety of flavors, no wonder it’s the most commonly-used drink on Earth!

A Healthy Snack

Did you know that eating the right foods, will also boost your energy? A candy bar can give you a quick rush of energy but once that sugar gets broken down, you’ll crash. So a better snack idea would be something high in protein, healthy fats, or complex carbs. Some good snack ideas include Greek yogurt with a handful of nuts, hard boiled eggs, an apple with peanut butter, or a light salad or bowl of raw veggies.  The nutrients you get from these foods will definitely provide you a steady amount of energy and keep your hunger controlled throughout the day.

Get Moving!

Exercise is great for the body and the mind. When you move your body, you stimulate your muscles and increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Remember, exercise doesn’t have to take an hour or be intense every single time, and you can do a quick workout and stretches right at your desk in under 10 minutes- you might get a few stares, but soon the entire office will be doing it too!

Take a Break

Yes– taking a break will give you some more energy. Think about how long you spend at your desk typing away, reading emails, making calls, and even eating lunch! While common work culture makes it seem absolutely normal to work through breaks, it’s really important to take a few minutes each day away from your desk. To recharge, you need a real break, that involves you to completely stop doing all types of work! During your break try to go outside and get some fresh air, meditate or do absolutely nothing! If you can relax for a full half-hour, you’ll come back to work as focused as you would’ve if you had a shot of espresso!

Chew Gum

Remember getting in trouble for chewing gum in elementary school? Too bad our teachers never got to see the research linking gum chewing with mental alertness and mood enhancement. The process of chewing increases the circulation of oxygen to the brain, which increases your attention span and reaction time! Gum chewing also tricks into thinking it’s eating, relieving some stress. So just from a piece of this once-forbidden chew you’ll be less stressed, more focused, and essentially feel energized!

All in all, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a cup of coffee here and there. But the next time you’re feeling a little drained and need a quick pick-me-up, try one of these alternatives. You might even find that they work even better than your coffee!

3 Ways to Screw-Up Corporate Wellness

Everyone has some sort of a corporate wellness plan. In fact, the term wellness is thrown around so much that it’s that nobody really understands what it is anymore. The management team is full of ideas, employees may have ideas, and even LinkedIn has ideas.  So with all these “ideas” floating around, how can anyone know what’s best? Finding a good plan can be as overwhelming and confusing as Googling “How to Lose Weight”? Eventually, you just give up and because you don’t know where to begin.

If this sounds like you, consider this: while improving the health of your company sounds amazing, there isn’t just one universal solution that’ll work for every organization. Implementing a one-size-fits-all program may lead you to failure. So here’s my list of the 3 Corporate Wellness Mistakes to Avoid.

3 Corporate Wellness Mistakes

 The Intranet Fishing Pole

If you ran a survey of how many of your friends and co-workers participated in a corporate wellness program, you probably learn that the majority of them didn’t even know it existed!

Most companies are using their intranet to spread the word about the wellness plan. They send out newsletters & messages, hoping that they get read.  What seems like a good way to communicate across the entire organization ends up being a death trap for wellness programs. The reason why most programs have such low engagement rates is because they are not being communicated effectively. If you’re going to be investing big money into a great program, make sure everyone knows about it and how to get started!

Stick to the Average Perks

Usually, the first thing that comes to mind when someone says corporate wellness is gym memberships and health screenings! This is misleading because wellness involves so much more! Don’t invest in a program that only offers you gym discounts, look for something that includes a wide-range of services such as financial fitness, professional development & team building, and even on-site fitness and nutrition classes. Think about your company culture and look for programs and services that will intrigue and motivate your workers to participate.

Let them Figure it Out

Starting something new, especially practicing wellness can be scary! A major mistake is that most companies leave their employees in the dark and force them to figure everything out on their own. This leads to low participation and engagement rates and eventually causes the program to fail. Your employees need as much motivation and support as possible. It’s important to have a team of experts and peers who can connect with them in a way that makes them believe they have the ability to learn new things and make meaningful, lasting changes.

You want to create an atmosphere which allows people to comfortably be engaged, educated, and energized!

Sitting Disease- Have you caught it?

We spend way too much time sitting- you’re probably doing it right now!

Did you know that the typical American adult is sedentary for 60% of their waking hours, and spends an average of 6 hours a day sitting? This can be even higher if you work at a desk or on a computer all day. [1][2] What’s even more astonishing is that sitting is accepted as the norm and exercise is becoming a burden for many.

Here’s some of the dangers of sitting your life away:

-Sitting decreases the activity of an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase, which helps the body burn fat [3].

-Sitting or sedentary behavior has been shown as a risk factor in women linked to decreased bone density despite any engagement in physical activity [4].

Constant sitting also may adversely affect the following:

  • Heart

When sitting down, muscles are less active, blood flow has decreased, resulting in less calories being burned. Over time, blood pressure and cholesterol will rise, increasing the chances of heart diseases.

  • Pancreas

The pancreas produces insulin and this hormone must carry glucose to cells for energy. Inactivity can lead to an increase in insulin production, causing the hormone to accumulate, resulting in diabetes. Clear evidence has shown that physical exercise decreases the amount of required insulin to maintain glycemic control [5].

  • Brain

The brain needs fresh blood flow in order for it to work at its optimal level. With a lack of activity, blood flow decreases and so will your brain function!

  • Neck, Back and Shoulders

Most of the time your desk isn’t high or low enough, depending on your height, and you tilt your neck towards the screen and keyboard. Also think about when using the phone while typing? What about talking on the phone while writing; you have to tilt our neck towards the side to hold the phone. By doing this you’re putting a lot of strain on the cervical vertebrae, shoulder, and neck muscles.

  • Legs

When you are sitting for hours on end, circulation slows down and leads to water retention because of fluid buildup in the legs. Some associated problems are varicose veins and vein thrombosis [6].

How Do You Improve or Prevent This?

Just add a little more activity to your day. Use a smaller coffee mug to increase trips to refill or park a little further from the office. Also remember to stand up and move your legs for a few minutes after every half-hour of sitting.

Try doing more activities while standing like: talking on the phone and eating. In the workplace, you can get a standing desk or even a treadmill desk! Next time you’re meeting with a friend or co-worker, go for a walk!

Too much sitting is a bad thing and can shorten your life span, so try to move a little more everyday. There’s no reason you should just sit your life away!

Learn how One Stop Wellness can help your company fix this problem!

How to Be a Better Communicator at Work

Communication is something that we do passively – like breathing. We talk to our spouses, family, friends, co-workers without even realizing! While it seems like we’ve been doing it effortlessly throughout our lives, to communicate effectively requires some skill. Knowing the right words to say, listening and understanding what is being said, and getting our point across can make or break a relationship. While miscommunication can lead to simple arguments at home, it can lead to much more serious issues at work including: decreased productivity, unmotivated employees, increased employee turnover and may ultimately ruin a great company.

Communication is not just important, it’s absolutely necessary for any type of relationship – including those in the workplace.

To improve communication throughout your entire company, you need to implement a few simple changes that may ultimately boost productivity, motivate employees, and improve retention rates.

Here’s our Top 3 Tips for Better Workplace Communication

1. Embrace the art of conversation

Technology is awesome because it improves speed, saves time, and is more convenient ! But with all of the gadgets we use, we’ve become slaves to our screens and essentially have neglected the art of conversation. People spend less time talking in person and more time communicating through e-mail, text messages, and social networks. And what’s even crazier – employees rather e-mail a co-worker who may be sitting a few desks away than just taking a few steps to talk to them.

Great communication includes verbal and non-verbal language, but when the non-verbal (facial expressions and body-language) is taken out of the equation, misinterpreting a message can be quite common. How many times have you sent a well-written message with great intentions only to have it misconceived by the reader? Or what about when you spend time writing a very detailed and articulate e-mail and only receive a short response? That can easily be misinterpreted as a lack of interest. So here’s a simple fix for better conversations: Pick up the phone every once in a while and make a call. Walk over to your colleague and speak to them face-to-face! Or schedule a meeting.


2. Value your Employee’s Opinions

Far too often, employee’s are left out of all the major conversations. When companies undergo new changes, the employees are usually the last to find out and the most affected. At some point in time, we may have felt unappreciated or disrespected at work, but luckily it wasn’t broadcasted on national television. Last month, on ABC’s Live!, Co-host Michael Strahan announced he was leaving to join Good Morning America on air. His co-host Kelly Ripa, learned about this change at the same time as the public and took a leave of absence. Upon her return she said:

“What transpired though over the course of a few days has been extraordinary in the sense that it started a much greater conversation about communication and consideration and, most importantly, respect in the workplace.”

Why didn’t they inform her prior to this? This type of situation usually results in resentment for the management and can lead to employees quitting.

Great organizations should trust & listen to their employees while encouraging transparency so there’s no secrets. What you are telling your employees when you don’t communicate with them is that they don’t matter; their feelings, their opinions, or their presence. Bad decisions might be made and employees may be disappointed, but there’s no excuse for not being upfront and direct.

To improve communication and employee morale,  allow workers to voice their opinions and be part of the conversations, no matter what the potential outcomes may be.


3.Don’t Just Hear, but Listen                                                                      

You engage in conversations with your employees throughout the day, but how often are you actually listening? Are the words just going in one ear and out the other? If you’re thinking about your upcoming conference call or your after-work activities during the conversation, you’re not listening.


Effective communication requires speaking and listening. To really understand the purpose of a conversation you need to be fully invested in it and give the speaker your full attention, otherwise there will be a disconnect and the message will get lost.


Next time you’re speaking to an employee: summarize the main points of the conversation and ask the speaker to clarify their main points or elaborate on a specific topic. This shows your employee that you care about what they said and will lead to improved satisfaction and a healthy workplace culture.

How to Sneak in Exercise at Work

Working a full-time job can make it seem almost impossible to find time for exercise. The idea of packing your bag, going to the gym, working out, getting changed, and heading back to work can be a daunting task. But you don’t want to just skip it all together and put your health at risk. Studies show lack of exercise can negatively impact your physical and mental health, decreasing energy and productivity.

So how can you still get the health benefits of exercise while boosting your work performance without going to the gym?

Add in some physical activity to your work day.

It doesn’t need to be formal exercise, but just making a few daily changes to your routine and being conscious of how you spend your free time can add about 15 minutes of extra activity to your day, totaling over an hour during a 5-day work week! Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

Here’s 5 Simple Ways to Sneak in Exercise at Work

1) Turn Your Commute into a Workout

This seems crazy, but it’s not as bad as it sounds. If you live near your job, this can mean walking or riding your bike to work. Otherwise if you’re driving, try parking a little further away from your office forcing you to walk a little extra. The American Heart Association recommends taking 10,000 steps per day, so why not use your commute to rack up some steps? Besides getting this exercise done will leave you feeling energized and ready to tackle your day.

2) Take short breaks during the Day

Instead of sitting at a desk or cubicle all day, try to set an alarm to force you to take short, active breaks every 30-45 minutes. These breaks can include walking around to fill up your coffee mug or water bottle, or even just standing up to stretch. You don’t need to do much, but moving around will burn off some calories and improve mental focus.

3) Walk to the “other” Restroom

Believe it or not, but going to the restroom is a great way to sneak in exercise at work. Rather than looking for the closest one to your office as you normally would, go to a restroom on another floor or different part of the building. This will force you to walk more and add some extra steps to your day. The American Heart Association recommends taking 10,000 steps per day

4) Take the Stairs over the Elevator

This might not seem like much but taking the stairs throughout your work day can add up to 5 minutes of activity during the day. According to Dr. Harvey Simon at Harvard Medical School, climbing stairs is one of the best kept secrets in preventative medicine.  Taking the stairs has many cardiovascular benefits including reducing the risk for high blood pressure and heart disease. Plus every time you climb a flight of stairs, your body releases endorphins making you feel happier and more relaxed!

5) Replace your Chair with a Stability Ball

Ever walk in an office and wonder why there’s exercise balls in place of the chairs? No, there’s not a fitness class going on. Sitting on the exercise ball can result in better posture, because it forces proper spine alignment. The exercise ball will engage your core and abs because those muscles need to stabilize themselves for you to sit upright. So every time you’re sitting on a ball, you’re training your abs and burning calories at the same time.

What are some ways you sneak in exercise at work?